Let It Snow!

A Handmaid News

Winter Snow Storm “Izzy” caused a great deal of havoc across the country from the midwest to the south and east coast. We’ve kept everyone in our prayers. Our location in the Tennessee River Valley shielded us from much of the snowfall. We share just a few photos and (maybe) video clips of falling snow. Depending on exactly where you …

Here Comes Decorating!

A Handmaid News

Other than some light choir practices the Christmas hymns don’t get underway until Our Lord arrives. And it’s unlikely you will hear “Here Comes Santa Claus!” echoing through our halls. But as the final week of Advent rushes to what the world has been waiting for we can be seen decorating our little corners here and there. We keep the …

Gaudete! He is Coming!

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

Rejoice! It’s Gaudete Sunday! We enter the third week of Advent lighting the rose colored candles and renewing our thanksgiving for the Incarnation. He is coming. He is coming to save us. He is coming to be one of us. This gives us all hope and joy, but not for the secular trappings of the coming holidays. It’s not about …

Flower Power

A Handmaid News

We recently had a “photo shoot” with the flowers in front of Mater Dei house. Even though they had been storm battered and were technically passed their prime they did their best to cooperate. But what delight we find examining these imperfect specimens that, while not ripe for a cover on Country magazine or Birds and Blooms, were nevertheless radiant …

Summer Sunrise In The Garden

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

Some things are worth getting up early for. Some One is even more worth getting up early for and that’s the Lord. We are already up and praying Matins long before we assemble together at Chapel for Lauds and Terce before Benediction and Mass. In the summer the schedule gives us an opportunity for a prayerful walk between Matins and …

Priest Garden in Lenten Colors

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

Winter is coming to an end and we have passed the halfway mark of the season of Lent and the Mary Mother of Priests Garden reflects that. As the warmth comes and plants come alive again in Spring, violet drapes the Cross reminding us of the time of penance, prayer, almsgiving and fasting. Soon, we will mark Passion tide. Already …

The White Garden

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

As it’s not too likely we’ll soon experience the amount of snow we enjoyed during our White Christmas, we thought we could share some of the views from the Mary, Mother of Priests Garden when it was covered wonderfully in snow that day.

Panoramic Mary Mother of Priests Tribute Garden

Fiery Sun on a Frosty Morning

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

We welcomed December with our first ‘snowfall’ of the year and captured some of these views from the Mary, Mother of Priests Tribute Garden. The stations may have been coated with snow and ice and the names of the priests looking white and frosty, but the rising sun turned it all into a dazzling spectacle of joy. Prayers are like …